Kaz bugling - female minotaur

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Anna Smith

Though I can see many things wrong now, at the time, I was rather pleased with this. So much so, I didn't draw her usual loincloth, because I can't draw fabric very well and I was afraid of messing up the picture. Not that it wound up mattering, I screwed it up anyhow, putting the shading on the off arm. Obligatory disclaimer: Kaz is my main character used in roleplay. Yes, her short usename is Kaz. Yes, there is a series of Dragonlance books by Richard Knaak that features a minotaur named Kaz. But I did not steal the character! I happen to think highly of the author, and the race and world and culture he helped give so much depth to. My Kaz, full name Kazanthi de-Arluun, is named in honor of both writer and his creation, Kaziganthi de-Orilg. There's a lot they have in common, but my minotaur is not from Krynn, and her world, clan, past, and history are unique to myself.

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